Welcome to the North Atlantic Blues Festival — we are extremely excited about this year’s lineup! 2013 marks 20 years of bringing the best of the blues to Rockland, Maine, and we are looking forward to 20 more. We’ve all come a long way from the first Blues Bash in the Trade Winds parking lot; since 1994, the North Atlantic Blues Festival has showcased more than 100 major touring acts.

Our goal has always been to bring the highest quality blues acts to this beautiful, intimate seaside setting, while making each festival a memorable event. This year, you’ll find a big shade tent up on top of the hill and a larger dance floor down by the water. And if you’re on the grounds 10:30 a.m. Saturday, you’ll be witness to our first on-stage wedding!

The artists love performing in Rockland and especially love the enthusiastic crowds. We want to thank our fellow blues fans for supporting the NABF and for making it a success, year after year. We would not be here without you. The NABF is a dream come true for both of us. Our deep-rooted respect for blues and blues artists prompted us to take a chance at promoting this festival and the results have been very rewarding. As always, we would like to thank the City of Rockland, our sponsors, advertisers, volunteers and our families. Together, we are all Keepin’ the Blues Alive.

Paul E. Benjamin and Jamie Isaacson